Children who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity — the type that leaves them sweaty and out of breath — are less likely to develop depression, according to a new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and NTNU Social Research. “Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression,” said first author Tonje Zahl, a Ph.D. candidate at NTNU.
Being a parent is the hardest job you ever love...and research shows that it's hardest during adolescence. Very few people offer good advice. So here is my master plan for you:
New research finds that chronic bullying is related to lower academic achievement, a dislike of school and low confidence by students in their own academic abilities. Investigators tracked hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school and...
Here are 5 ways you can promote these abilities in children.
How can we enrich our children’s education to ensure they have the best options available throughout a constantly changing future?
Parents have to move kids through tasks like chores, potty, teeth-brushing, etc. Here are 5 tools to strengthen cooperation, reduce resistance, and promote bonding along the way.
When you're hurt, or scared, you naturally want to lash out. But your child is not the enemy, no matter what she did.
While we still don’t know much about how to prevent child sexual abuse, there are things families and communities are doing to keep our kids safe and avoid a lifetime of problems.
A parenting program in which fathers read to their preschoolers was found to boost the dads’ parenting skills while also improving the preschoolers’ school readiness and behavior, according to a new study led by New York University (NYU). “Unlike earlier research, our study finds that it is possible to engage fathers from low-income communities in parenting interventions, which benefits both the fathers and their children,” said lead author Dr. Anil Chacko, associate professor of counseling psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Fathers play a vital role in the social, emotional, and behavioral development of their children. However, few studies have focused on ...
You are in homework hell and the assignments aren’t even your responsibility! As a parent, you feel as if it all falls on you.
Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence, according to new research. The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, fo...
What if we stopped treating child sexual abuse as solely a criminal justice problem and instead treated it as the preventable public health problem that it is?
Take a look at AAP's new screen time guidelines for infants, toddlers, and children.
You can only change yourself, which changes how the other person responds to you. So as you change, your child changes.
Despite what has been maintained for too long, children with developmental disabilities can indeed become bilingual, or remain bilingual if they have grown up with two languages.
How to improve the transition. By Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.
It is very easy to squelch a child's enthusiasm with a disapproving, frightened, or critical facial expressions
We say and teach children that civility is a core value in society: We extol respect, tolerance, compassion, kindness and cooperation. Our actions, however, often fall far short.
In the above title, I’m using the term *mistake* in a dual sense. It’s intended to refer not only to a child's mistaken behaviors but also how parents can mistakenly react to them.
Take heart - developmental progress is on the side of perseverance, not quitting.
Even if they believe they could be punished, older kids are more likely than younger children to view confessing to a misdeed as the right thing to do, according to University of Michigan researchers. And, kids of all ages who anticipate that a parent would feel happy about a child’s confession — even if they might be punished — were found to be more likely to come forward rather than conceal transgressions.
Without resources at school, with no one to turn to, teenagers struggle to begin the conversation about eating disorders among their peers.
So many adolescent changes unfold in middle school, most young people find it an emotionally challenging experience.
Detecting and treating eating disorder symptoms as early as possible is key to helping prevent children from developing a potentially life-threatening eating disorder, according to a new study published in the academic journal Appetite. The researcher...
Welcome your toddler’s aggression as an opportunity to fine-tune your parenting, and to teach your little one something about emotional intelligence.
Parental guilt can undermine the best of intentions when it comes to restricting children's screentime. Here's how to give guilt the boot.
The word for this is “play”. Play, according to Dr. Brown is more than engagement with a specific activity or game, but rather it’s a state of mind that can be experienced in any aspect of our lives. Embodying an attitude of playfulness infuses our life experience with a sense of ease, enjoyment, pleasure, and creativity that has transformative and restorative benefits.